Why are we so intrigued by violence?

Last night as we were flipping through the channels, I came across “The Hunger Games” midnight premiere.

“Let’s get it!” I exclaimed to my husband. I couldn’t wait to show him the movie. I read all the books and loved the movie. I thought it was very accurate and well made. I still get goosebumps thinking about the song Taylor Swift sang featuring The Civil Wars called “Safe and Sound” for the “Hunger Games” soundtrack. So eerily beautiful.

Anyway, one of the premises of the book is to blatantly showcase the demise of society by taking entertainment to the extreme — having kids compete to the death for food for their districts and a lifetime of immunity from the games. It’s brutal, gruesome, and disturbing…and entertaining.

By creating this world, author Susan Collins not only made us think twice about what we watch and what sources we go to for entertainment, but made violence seem exciting, even addicting. And again, entertaining.

Does that seem twisted?

There are many messages to be taken away from the games, and government control certainly screams the loudest here, but I think it’s very ironic that as repulsed as I was when I originally heard about the premise of “The Hunger Games,” I was one of those who pre-registered with Kindle to have the books downloaded to my e-reader the day they came out. By entering the bleak world of “The Hunger Games,” we are essentially no better than the screaming fans in the stadium she writes about.

Have you seen “The Hunger Games?” What do you think about the message? How do you feel about us watching the movies and being entertained by every gory detail?

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